MAA election: Manchu Vishnu defeated Prakash Raj by a huge margin | Manchu Vishnu became the new President of Movie Artists Association, Prakash Raj lost by 106 votes



Digital Desk, Hyderabad. Actor Manchu Vishnu was elected as the new President of Movie Artists Association (MAA) after defeating Prakash Raj by a huge margin in the elections held on Sunday. Veteran actor Mohan Babu’s son Vishnu defeated Prakash Raj by 106 votes.

MAA’s election officer Krishna Mohan announced the election results on Sunday night, ending the day’s suspense. Vishnu got 380 votes, while Prakash Raj, who was labeled a non-local by some supporters of the rival panel, could get 274 votes. A native of Karnataka, Prakash Raj acts in Telugu and other South Indian films. He contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 from Bangalore Central as an independent candidate and was unsuccessful. Vishnu Panel also occupied key positions of Vice President, General Secretary and Treasurer. Madhala Ravi Prakash Raj was elected vice-president defeating Banerjee of the panel.

For the post of General Secretary, Raghu Babu defeated Jivita Rajasekhar by 7 votes. Shiv Balaji was elected treasurer, defeating Naginedu by 32 votes. Balaji got 316 votes while Naginedu got 284 votes. Actor Srikkanth of the Prakash Raj panel was elected executive vice-president. He defeated Babu Mohan of Vishnu Panel. The acrimonious election was seen as a tussle between the families of megastar Chiranjeevi and veteran actor Mohan Babu. Chiranjeevi’s family supported Prakash Raj while Mohan Babu actively campaigned for his son Manchu Vishnu.

Soon after the results were announced, Chiranjeevi took to Twitter to congratulate Vishnu and other members of the new body. He expressed hope that the new body would work for the welfare of all the artists. He wrote, MAA has always been one family. No matter who wins, it is our family’s victory.

(IANS)

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